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Better Late Than Never

Posted in Beer, event, Unofficial News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on August 5, 2009 by philadelphiaexbeeriment

Dear Readers,

We apologize for what seems to be a summertime hiatus.  We have our reasons for not being able to fill your mind with reviews, events, and interviews for the past few weeks but we will not take this time to drop a bunch of excuses on you.  Shame on us for not updating as often as we would have liked.

That being said, we are returning next week and will once again provide you with what we refer to as “beer necessities”.  We are also in the midst of planning some great ExBEERiment events for the fall and winter!  So please, stayed tuned.

Thanks again!

The Ladies of PE

P.S. We can neither confirm nor deny the rumors that we have been busy over the last few months traveling through time, trapped in a battle between elemental forces of good and evil:

Clip from Time Bandits (1981), Terry Gilliam

We Now Present You with the Button that Says “Don’t Push”

Posted in event, Unofficial News with tags , , , , , on March 11, 2009 by philadelphiaexbeeriment

Come on.  Push it.  You know you want to…

Our sister blog Philly Lush, in a fit of spring fever and late-night delirium, has been taken over by March Madness.  All throughout this month, she will be holding a contest among the best things that Philadelphia has to offer.  Featuring smackdowns between Ben Franklin and the Philly Phanatic, and cutthroat competitions highlighting ancient rivalries that could shake the city to its core (okay, maybe we exaggerate a little).  And it’s your vote that gets to crown the king of the city!

So make like the March Hare, and hop to it:

Philly Lush March Madness

And just to remind you how great Philadelphia is, here’s a clip from one of the funniest films ever made, shot right here in the finest city there is.  It doesn’t get much better than Eighties’ Eddie Murphy:

Clip from Trading Places (1983)

Q and A: Quenching Curiosity and Answering to Alcohol

Posted in Beer, event, Unofficial News with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 6, 2009 by philadelphiaexbeeriment
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Raising a toast to the wide array of sophisticated suds in South Philly.

In the spirit of exBEERimentation that pervades the streets of Philadelphia during the days leading up to Beer Week, the Ladies of PE have scoured the beer community in search of interesting personalities to regale you with their yeasty yarns.  The first interview to appear in this sudsy series features Adam Ritter, owner of the Sidecar Bar & Grille and participant in Beer Week’s South Philly Short Bus.

As natives of South Philadelphia ourselves, we can’t help but raise a glass in salute to his community pride!

We only wish we could let you share in the amazing music that was playing in the background.  Nothing pumps an interview up more than a large helping of T-Rex and The Kinks.

rachel-riot-thumbnail2Rachel Riot: What was the inspiration behind the short bus?

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adam-ritter-thumbnailAdam Ritter:  More than anything, we wanted to highlight what’s actually going on in South Philly. We feel as though outside of the city center, going into South Philly a little bit there’s some exciting stuff going on; there’s exciting bars. The events themselves are second to none. We’ve been lucky enough to basically form an interesting association, guild, whatever you want to call it, amongst the different bars here in South Philadelphia, that we’re excited about. We want to showcase what’s going on here, and I figured the best way to do that is to take some of the people right to the bars and make it happen for them. Almost give them no choice.

And listen, it’s a great deal. It’s free, and it continues in its own circle for about 9-10 hours. It actually goes from 4 [pm] to 1 in the morning on three different nights during Beer Week. It [starts on] the first Saturday, which sandwiches the Wednesday, and of course ends on the second Saturday. And we all have fun events, good events going on. And we really teamed up to advertise it well and promote it well in general. And we’re all real excited about it here in South Philly. Anything south of South [Street] that takes beer seriously.


rachel-riot-thumbnail3Rachel Riot: How do you feel that South Philly bars compare to bars in other areas of the city?

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adam-ritter-thumbnail1Adam Ritter:  Just to piggyback what I was saying earlier…I feel as though what we’re doing here in South Philly is second to none. That may be prejudiced, because we’re here in South Philly: we’re proud of what we do more than anything. There’s interesting bars all around this town, but I think there’s a great collection right here within a ten block radius.And we all take what we do so very seriously; and I feel as if we all take beer very seriously. And we’re just trying to take beer, make it fun and mature—combine the two together. And we’re not necessarily doing this for the St. Patty’s Day feel. We’re looking to do this for people who want to check out some good stuff outside of the traditional, typical places in the city’s center.


kunoichi-erica-thumbnail-32Kunoichi Erica: Do you hope for the short bus to accomplish anything besides getting drunk people from point a to point b during the festivities?

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adam-ritter-thumbnail3Adam Ritter:  Oh yeah, of course, more than anything. There’s a lot of savvy folks that are drinking high-end, high-gravity suds right now…I’m going to take myself out of it as a bar owner and say very specifically: if I saw something like this, and I enjoyed good beer, this would be the greatest thing ever. You get to encompass six respective bars all within one evening, or even in three evenings. If you want to drink American-made, Belgian-style beer here at the beginning of the trip, you know that there’s something from Michigan going on at the other end of the street and something from California going on at another bar…You’re essentially going around the beer world in a trip that’s going to take you about an hour and a half to get you all the way around.

Is there going to be some drunkenness going on? I imagine there is. That’s what I was saying before: it’s not like we’re just trying to cart people around to do a bunch of Irish Car Bombs and stuff like that. These are people that are sophisticated, that want to drink something that they typically can’t get their hands on: maybe some one-off stuff, real specialized stuff that’s coming in, that we’ve been working on for a while, each and every one of us. And then also concepts to build around that….

I know Grace [Tavern], for instance, is doing an event with Sam Adams—a chocolate and cheese beer event…On a Friday night we’re bringing Hebrew beer in from Shmaltz Brewery, and my mom’s making traditional Jewish food to match up with what’s basically Shabbat’s Dinner with Hebrew beer….When I first heard about that brewery, I thought it was really cute to piggyback it with the Hebrew thing: and it turned out to be really delicious beer. It’s not just cute; it actually is good beer—it stands on its own. Therefore we came up with the concept to have the Shabbat’s Dinner and I’m going to play Klezmer music from New Orleans to match it, and maybe throw some Neil Diamond in there as well….

You can tell through the Philly Beer Week website, we’ve all got great stuff going on [in South Philly]. For Pete’s Sake has great things going on. Philly Taproom brought beer in that they’re giving away—the New Glarus product. They had a shipment and they’re giving it away, just because it’s that interesting of a beer, that they’re able to do that. I know the Devil’s Den has some really great events as well with the Bell’s people, Founder’s as well. I feel that we’ve got some really well-thought-out concepts going on here. These are beer concepts. It’s not just about carting drunk people around. It’s about saying, “Let’s taste beer for what it is. Let’s appreciate it for what it is. And let’s have a whole lot of fun with it, in a slightly immature, but mature, way.”


kunoichi-erica-thumbnail-31Kunoichi Erica: If you could equate one beer with President Obama, what would it be, and why?

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adam-ritter-thumbnail4Adam Ritter:  Well, I don’t know if I would equate it personally, but Ommegang came out with a beer called Obamagang. So we’re going to do an entire Belgian evening with Ommegang. They’re from Cooperstown, NY, and they do Belgian-style, American-made beer. So we’re gonna do an “Are You Experienced?” night—meaning Belgian food and beer…They did a one-off package in favor of the president—a Chocolate Cherry Stout, that we’re going to have a sixtel of for that event. You’re not going to be able to ever get that beer again. So…we have this particular beer, that there’s probably four sixtels of in the entire state right now. That’s just an example of the uniqueness of some of these events. But, to go back, that’s probably the one that I would equate with him, because it’s named and brewed for him.*

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*PE Writers’ Note: Since the time of this interview, we’ve learned that the feds have put a stop to the name of Ommegang’s new beer. It will now be officially called “Inauguration Ale 2009.” Imbibe more here: Examiner.com

Thank You! Thank You!

Posted in event, Unofficial News with tags , , , , , , , on February 19, 2009 by philadelphiaexbeeriment

“I feel a very unusual sensation – if it is not indigestion, I think it must be gratitude.” –Benjamin Disraeli

We wanted to take a moment to say Thank You to all the people who attended our “In Love with BEER” Valentine’s Day Pub Crawl! We had a great time hanging out and meeting all of you.  Because of your appreciation for fun and great beer we more than doubled our attendance from the previous pub crawl!

We couldn’t do this without you. Thank You for reading, leaving comments, sending friend requests, and showing up at our events.  We truly appreciate it!

If you would like to submit pictures from the pub crawl for our video slide show send them to phillyexbeeriment@gmail.com. Once the video is finished we will post it here. So keep checking back!

We leave you now with a funny little song from a public access show (circa 1992).  Consider it a tribute to all our new beer loving friends! And may we drink again soon!

Brad Frost & Stephen J. Morris – “Drinking Buddies”

L Is for the Way Your Liquor Smells…

Posted in Beer, event, Unofficial News with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 11, 2009 by philadelphiaexbeeriment

… O is for the open keg that sells.

V is very, very EXtra bitter sherry.

E is every vibe from every beer that you imbibe.

‘Cause LOVE is all that beer can give to you!

LOVE ain’t more than just a glass for two.

TWO with beer can think it:

Take my pint but please don’t drink it!

BEER was made for me and you!

A-beer was made for meEEE and youUUU!

–The Official Drinking Song this Valentine’s Day

On February the 14th, don’t stay at home listening to Nat King Cole!  Instead, come out with us and discover some of the best hang-outs in Philly!

Philadelphia ExBEERiment “In Love with Beer” Pub Crawl

8:30 pm — Meet at Fergie’s Pub, 1214 Sansom Street

About 9:45 — Head down to Finn McCools, 12th and Sansom

Approximately 11:00 pm — Rock it on over to Devil’s Alley Bar & Grill, 1907 Chestnut Street

Around 12:15 am — All aboard the Liberty Bar, 2204 Market Street, the final stop of the evening

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A bit of local wisdom courtesy of Tattoed Mom's.

Furthermore, the Ladies of PE have scored the following specials for our loyal crawlers.  Because, even ‘though we may not believe in Valentine’s Day, we always believe in spreading the love:

Fergie’s Pub: $1.00 off Beer

Finn McCools: $1.oo off Drafts

Devil’s Alley: $4.00 Drafts, $5.00 Wines, $5.00 Sangrias

Liberty Bar: $1 off Drafts

Be sure to find Rachel Riot or Kunoichi Erica, whether you join us at Fergie’s, or a pub further along the way, to pick up your FREE Philadelphia ExBEERiment pin!  It’s your pass to a cornucopia of specials.  As usual, just look for the red-headed pin-up girl and the raven-haired ninja in the crowd.  We promise we’re easier to spot than Waldo.

And just in case you don’t remember the tune to our paraphrased little ditty, here’s the original version from the man himself:

“L-O-V-E” by Nat King Cole

Running for Beer. Beer for Running.

Posted in Unofficial News with tags , , , , , , , , on February 9, 2009 by philadelphiaexbeeriment

While we here over at PE put together some new beer reviews and last minute details for our Valentine’s Day Pub Crawl we ask you to take a moment to read this article and watch a video about our fellow beer friends The Fishtown Beer Runners.

Way to go guys! Keep on running!

Will You BEer Mine?

Posted in Beer, event, Unofficial News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 1, 2009 by philadelphiaexbeeriment

“Who does not love beer, wine, women and song remains a fool his whole life long.” — Carl Worner

As promised, here are the details for the MOST important beer event this February: The Philadelphia ExBEERiment “In Love with Beer” Valentine’s Day Pub Crawl!!!

We will be meeting on February the 14th, 8:30 pm at Fergie’s Pub [1214 Sansom Street].

Other bars to crawl to: Devil’s Alley, Liberty Bar, and one more TBA.

As before, there are NO COVERS and NO TICKETS required to join this Pub Crawl.  And great DRINK SPECIALS will be included!  Also, you will be receiving a FREE Philadelphia ExBEERiment pin to show off to all your friends and help spread brewery love.

So join us as we stagger along on Cupid’s coattails, and give the saying “fall in love” a new meaning.  Because beer is always the best friend to romance.

Even Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby would agree:

Clip from High Society, “What a Swell Party this Is”